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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on 1993-02-23


Topics Soundboard


Cold Rain & Snow, Wang Dang Doodle, Loser, Memphis Blues, Broken Arrow, Way To Go Home, Johnny B. Goode Drums*-> Iko Iko, Corinna-> Lazy River Road, Playin' In The Band-> Drums**-> Jam**-> The Other One***-> Stella Blue***-> Turn On Your Love Light***, E: Brokedown Palace


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Location Oakland, CA

Source SBD> DAT> Sonic Solutions (for phase correction)> CD

Notes

SBD> DAT> Sonic Solutions (for phase correction)> CD; via Mike Hall

Reviews

Reviewer: nigeldavahah - - June 11, 2015
Subject: Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman. The Other One thru the Encore is great music . The wolf sounds great! Dead Jazz .....Ornette Coleman passed away today (((((((((;;vibes)))))))))))))
Reviewer: bp in mpls - - June 11, 2015
Subject: The Wolf
Jerry was playing the Wolf at these Oakland Coliseum shows and also busted it out a couple days later for some Jerry Garcia Band shows at the Warfield! I saw it up close at the "Warzone." Ornette Coleman was fabulous jamming with the Dead! R-I-P to a true jazz legend.
Reviewer: brewster - - May 27, 2015
Subject: This show is highlighted in Rolling Stones article
for its guest jam.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/11-greatest-guest-jams-at-grateful-dead-concerts-20150520
Reviewer: JamsOnly - - July 24, 2014
Subject: Nice 93
Who said there aren't any good shows in 93. Personal highlights: Iko, Corrina, Stella, and Lovelight.
Reviewer: patkelleyPA - - March 10, 2013
Subject: great show but
i dont think this was Wolf. I wasnt at the show, so I couldn't say for sure. But I am pretty certain that Wolf was a 70s guitar that had a brief reemergence in 88 or 89 for midi sounds.

I've since seen pictures and it is indeed the Wolf. Didn't sound like it to me at the time. I suppose I deserve to be called a jackass by some retard hippie though. Still a nice performance.
Reviewer: enyajaw - - February 24, 2013
Subject: jackass
I know this was posted years ago ,but, I can't let it go.

Got like 5 people that attended the show saying they vividly recall seeing Jerry play wolf and some idiot says :

"i dont think this was Wolf. I wasnt at the show, so I couldn't say for sure. But I am pretty certain that Wolf was a 70s guitar that had a brief reemergence in 88 or 89 for midi sounds."

As if 99% of the Deadheads don't know Wolf by name/sight.

You weren't at the show so you can't say....they were so they can.

AS FOR THE SHOW ITSELF -

Great show for the era.Energetic and clean.One of the last truly beautiful shows.
Reviewer: missNjerry - - February 15, 2013
Subject: wolfs last dance...
Jerry last played Wolf during this performance in Oakland...
Reviewer: barreramusic - - May 27, 2012
Subject: This is the better copy SB
I don't think the drums sound as good as possible, but this is far better than the other SB source.

Thank you!
Reviewer: Joshua_me - - January 8, 2011
Subject: Up in treetops...
One of the last great shows... This "Playin'" fascinates me... It has no forward momentum to speak of... It just hangs there in midair, inert and wondrous and very, well, "trippy". NO other band could weave the magic like The Dead could... HIGhly recommended second set.
Reviewer: drdidg - - November 16, 2010
Subject: Guitar problems
I was backstage on this night as I was the didgeridoo player in the second set. I also attended the night before in which Jerry had all kinds of problems with his guitar. On this night, just before the show started, a great fuss sprang up backstage with people saying "Jerry's guitar just BROKE". I asked what they meant someone said it had snapped in two. Roadies were rushing around and I was told it was not a good time to visit the stage to check arrangements for my didgeridoo appearance. So he was definitely playing a substitute guitar that night, but I can't tell you what it was. One way or another it sounded much sweeter than the night before.
Reviewer: darazn1 - - December 16, 2008
Subject: Mardi Gras!
This version seems to have a cassette generation, and is not as clean as the other. The other version captures the overall power of the evening much more. Still, I yearn to hear a great DAT>Aud master of this. The feeling in the room really translated nicely on my old cassettes.

I got speeding tickets in King City coming up for this one, and returning home. All three nights were great, but this one was cathartic. A total brain fuck.

Sat with my ex-girlfriend and her family this night. Stoned to death. Ornette and his band played a set early on, but the lights were only slightly dimmed, and the sound was generally inaudible. Jerry stepped out and played on the final song.

When the Dead hit the stage, Jerry had Wolf in his hands. This guitar can be viewd in the Grateful Dead movie. Felt like '74 in there. Crisp, mellow, soulful playing. The whole vibe was, I don't know, very different. Cold Rain had a great bounccy bass from Phil, and Jerry just played so crisp. Wang Dang Doodle. Loser with a powerrful solo. Broken Arrow was a great break out, and at one point, Phil's voice permeated the entire room witth such resonance. Memphis Blues was crisp as well. Not that over-the-top exaggerated energy of usual. Excellent, and something was definitely afoot.

Way to Go Home in the first set; at last, one version in the place where the song belongs. Never enjoyed it more. The song always flet out of place in the second set, but that's old news to most.

Johnny B. Goode roared the set to a close. It was so powerful... I didn't know Jerry could play with that kind of ferocity. Never heard a great one till 2/23. It was clear; something was definitely afoot.

Second set began with the Mardi Gras drums into Iko. Very psychedelic, with Phil in the lead. Corrina followed, like some evil joke, and the new Lazy River Road followed; two repeats in a row from the first night. Strange.

Playin' in the Band followed, and the band did a firstt rate melt down, Vince integrating himself with unusual precision. The jam didn't get particularly intense, but this went further out than any recent Dark Star.

Drums... digeridoo, sourround sound swirling around the coliseum, the whole place going bonkers. Jerry returns, and from the bowels of space, a saxaphone in the fog. And Ornette steps out for some freestyling. The band returns, and the wrestling match begins. The Dead enter the Other One, and Ornette leads them back into space. Again and again, screaming with greater and greater intensity. Phil, Jerry and the drums stomp out the Other One riff like never before. Walls of sound, screams, meltdowns, explosions, ... those who say that this one never gets off the ground just don't comprehend what went down. This was singularly the most intense thing I ever witnessed.

The first verse, and then the jam between the verses. If I recall correctly, there were two compelling climaxes here. So over the top, so frightening, so stoned. Later one of my favorite recordings of the Vince era. Later stolen from my collection. After later... The Other One chills, and Stella Blue follows. Ornette has his own way off integrating himself; navigates the cracks of time and space, harmonizing so beautifully. The jam at the end is long and involved.

Lovelight was outstanding as well. A performance that holds its own, Ornette and Jerry just goin for it, all the way to the final moment.

The encore left me stunned. I never felt so mortal in my life.

This show is no ligh weight. The heaviest concert I've ever attended. And here is a record of what went down. You can't comprehend it by basing yourself on what each song should be. Likely, you will find some permutation that sets it apart here.

Ornette's appearance in Dec. in L.A., by contrast, did nothing for me. Sounds like Ornette sitting in with the Dead. Here, Ornette makes a statement that changes the Dead in some significant way. There is nothing else like it, nothing I am aware of.

Proceed with caution, and rejoice.

After note; big problem with this mix. Phil is deceptively quiet. He was in lead-bass mode, loud, crisp, bouncey and wonderfully modulated this night. I am sure an audience recording is the only way to capture the essence of this show. Without Phil correctly represented in the mix, it is hard to appreciate what went down. call your firends. get that audience DAT and make it available (please!)
Reviewer: demigodband - - July 20, 2008
Subject: Orrnette Coleman
It comes together in Lovelight. The flow with Coleman that is. Sounds fun. Glad I was there. Peace.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - March 2, 2008
Subject: Very Enjoyable
Well-played. Snappy, pulsating recording.

All-in-all: very, very good -- A definite 5 stars for the era.
Reviewer: robin_banks - - March 27, 2007
Subject: Fat Tuesday
This was the second time I got mighty spun at a show and what a night to do so! The Ornette set was a real treat despite the sound. The freakin' parade blew my mind; I'll never forget the huge Bill Clinton float with sax in one hand, doobie in the other with smoke bellowing from his head. Thanks to the taper angels for this one! "Never had such a good time...."
Reviewer: spring mountain high - - March 27, 2007
Subject: mardi gras
the parade was great...they opened up a meandering path on the floor and the floats paraded while the drummers played...the giant saxophone playing, joint-smoking clinton was hilarious...
musical highlights include loser, johnny b goode and the entire second set from the jam leading into drums to the close...jerry played 'the wolf' for this show
Reviewer: fiyo fiyo - - April 7, 2006
Subject: johnny b goode!!!
i'm just streaming this.... the boys are rocking..... nice aiko, memphis blues, but the johnny b fucking goode..... oh man..... jerry rips it.... he's got such a clean tone, i can't believe it.... i don't think i've ever heard such a fat, rich, clean tone come out of his guitar before..... if anyone can think of a show off hand please let me know...
Reviewer: Rider72 - - December 10, 2005
Subject: This show kicks ass!
Great sound quality and mix....you can hear the fun coming thru the line. I enjoyed the hell out of this show! Please add another half star to my rating. Awsome.....
Reviewer: drgnw/mtchs - - November 4, 2005
Subject: super crispy sndbrd!!!!!
Great source. I had a blast at these shows. So happy to see such incredible sources! ANyone know the downlow on the yellow guitar Garcia was playing in the second set? Maybe he used this before, but I had never noticed it. I would love to hear from anyone with details regarding this. Peace!
Reviewer: drgnw/mtchs - - November 4, 2005
Subject: super crispy sndbrd!!!!!
Great source. I had a blast at these shows. So happy to see such incredible sources! ANyone know the downlow on the yellow guitar Garcia was playing in the second set? Maybe he used this before, but I had never noticed it. I would love to hear from anyone with details regarding this. Peace!
Reviewer: Bruce B - - August 4, 2004
Subject: not so hot
Now, I only listened to the last disc, but the Space is empty and the Other One never gets off the ground, the boys are riding the brake for this one. Much respect to Ornette, but he never really meshes with the band, Lovelight has a little funk to it, but doesn't scratch the surface until the end. Overall, great idea, not great results. But hey, I listened for the novelty factor and so should you, just keep the expectations low my friends.
Reviewer: HQ SBDS - - July 13, 2004
Subject: Get it for the Ornette Coleman
Jazz and Jerry is so soulful. Get this for the O Coleman stella> brokedown and put it on a filler of your favorite phish show. Sound is A.
Reviewer: foma! - - May 27, 2004
Subject: !!!encore!!!
p.s. the brokedown palace makes me feel like i've had four long islands, and i've only had one.
Reviewer: foma! - - May 27, 2004
Subject: !!!ornette coleman!!!
good show all around with lots of beautiful, almost maniacal jamming with ornette coleman to end out the second set. a percussive "the other one" explodes out of a loose, jazzy jam to start the festivities. it's worth your time for those few minutes alone.
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